Computational Comparison and Visualization of Viruses in the Perspective of Clinical Information

Interdiscip Sci. 2019 Mar;11(1):86-94. doi: 10.1007/s12539-017-0229-4. Epub 2017 Apr 8.


This paper addresses the visualization of complex information using multidimensional scaling (MDS). MDS is a technique adopted for processing data with multiple features scattered in high-dimensional spaces. For illustrating the proposed techniques, the case of viral diseases is considered. The study evaluates the characteristics of 21 viruses in the perspective of clinical information. Several new schemes are proposed for improving the visualization of the MDS charts. The results follow standard clinical practice, proving that the method represents a valuable tool to study a large number of viruses.

Keywords: Complex data; Computational visualization; Multidimensional scaling; Viruses diseases.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Data Visualization*
  • Humans
  • Viruses*